7:00 – 9:00 Breakfast

Session IV: Applied Science
Chair: Candra Burns, Talking Forests

9:00 -9:04 Session IV Introduction
9:05 – 9:25 Recent global trends affecting the global forest-based sector, and the potential future diversification of the forest sector (so-called emerging products).
Speaker: Ragnar Jonsson, JRC EC
9:30 – 9:50 Results of fast growing, high quality timber producing variety breeding at Silvanus Forestry
Speaker: Balint Pataki, Silvanus
9:55 – 10:15 The economics of dedicated hybrid poplar biomass plantations in North America.
Speaker: Rafal Chudy, Forest Business Analytics
10:20 – 10:40 Economic impacts on the European forest-based sectors of potential EU forest carbon sink policy regulations.
Speaker: Birger Solberg, NMBU
10:40 – 11:00 Cofee Break

Session IIIb: Timberland Investment
Chair: Jacek Siry, UGA

11:00 -11:04 Session IIIb Introduction
11:05 – 11:25 Forest Investment Science Education
Speaker: Robert Izlar, UGA 
11:30 – 11:50 The World Bank Forest Action Plan: examples from Africa and Latin America
Speaker: Vladislava I. Nemova, World Bank
11:55 – 12:15 Global Timber Investments, 2005-2017
Speaker: Frederick W. Cubbage, NCSU
12:20 – 12:40 Risk-Efficient Timberland Investment Portfolios
Speaker: Clark Binkley, International Forestry Investment Advisors
12:45 – 13:05 The Timberland Investment Management Landscape Past, Present and Future
Speaker: Robert Hagler, ForestEdge LLC.
13:10 – 13:30 How forest investments in frontier markets need to adapt to survive
Speaker: Charl De Villiers, Margules Groome Consulting
13:35 – 14:35 Lunch

Session Ib: Wood Industry
Chair: Birger Solberg, NMBU

14:35 -14:39 Session Ib Introduction
14:40 – 15:00 Future demands on timber – what does the public want
Speaker: Hendrikus Oddendal, IKEA
15:05 – 15:25 Wood supply chain in Romania. Challenges for wood industry.
Speaker: Cristian Panaite, Forstpan


7:00 – 9:00     Breakfast
7:00 – 10:00    Registration – Hotel Kiston/Lobby
9.10 -9:17      Brief introduction
Master of Ceremony: Sona Blessing, Independent Research Specialist
9.18 -9.25     Welcome words
Speaker: Karolina Chudy, Forest Business Analytics

Session Ia: Wood Industry and Certification
Chair: Frederick W. Cubbage, NCSU

9.25 -9.29 Session Ia Introduction
9:30 – 9:50 Engineered Wood Products: LVL and I-beams – development and strategy on the European market
Speaker: Piotr Łysiak, STEICO
09:55 – 10:15 Opening new frontiers for forest-based products – challenges and opportunities in the global market
Speaker: Petteri Pihlajamäki, Pöyry Management Consulting Oy
10:20 – 10:40 Biomass-to-bioenergy supply chain: overview, key issues and challenges
Speaker: Hubert Jurczyszyn, Control Union
10:45 – 11:05 Forest management certification in Europe – challenges, case studies, different views
Speaker: Krzysztof Wypij, Bureau Veritas Polska
11:10 – 11:30 FSC International Standard and National Forest Stewardship Standard in Poland –  current affairs.
Speaker: Jacek Szymaniak, FSC 
11:35 – 11:55 Cofee Break

Session II: New Technologies
Chair: Rafal Chudy, Forest Business Analytics

11:55 -11:59 Session II Introduction
12:00 – 12:20 IT solutions in forestry – expanding borders in mobile mapping. 
Speaker: Urszula Ufa, TAXUS IT
12:25 – 12:45 Optimizing the value chain through smart clustering:
Using advanced analytics and heuristics to improve activity scheduling
Speaker: Ugo Feunekes, ‎Remsoft
12:50 – 13:10 Social Media a New Frontier:  how to increase social media engagement and the strategy to get your story to be heard online
Speaker: Candra Burns, Talking Forests
13:15 – 13:35 How can analytics help you to optimize the forest based value chain.
Speaker: Jussi Rasinmäki, Simosol
13:40 – 14:00 Big Data in a precision forestry as a tool in a mountain monitoring.
Speaker: Radomir Bałazy, Forest Research Institute
14:05 – 14:25 Electronic techniques in forestry – the mobile world of the forester.
Speaker: Tadeusz Tiuchty, TAKMA

14:25 – 15:30 Lunch
15:30 –  15:50 Satellite data as a management tool for energy crops plantations and forestry applications: SyEnergy and SAT4EST Systems
Speakers: Martyna Gatkowska, IGIK, Adam Kijas, Biocontrol

Session IIIa: Timberland Investments
Chair: Robert Izlar, UGA

15:55 -16:00 Session IIIa Introduction
16:00 – 16:20 Timber as a long-term wealth preservation tool
Speaker: Caroline Harris, Lawyer
16:25 – 16:45 The WB program in Forests in Europe and Central Asia (ECA) over the last 10 years.
Speaker: Vladislava I. Nemova, World Bank
16:50 – 17:10 Cofee Break
17:15 – 17:35 Sustainability as timberland investment driver and how that can be evidenced
Speaker: Petri Lehtonen, Indufor Oy
17:40 – 18:00 Conservation Forestry: A timberland investment manager’s perspective on emerging opportunities
Speaker: Gwen Busby, GreenWood Resources
18:00 – 19:00 Business Meetings / Free Time
19:30 – 21:00 Traditional Polish BBQ


7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.     Breakfast
8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.     Load Buses & Depart

  • • STEICO Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) facility in Czarna Woda
  • • GreenWood Resources Inc. Hybrid Poplar Plantation in Zblewo
  • • The Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork – Guided Tour

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.     Conference Registration Open – Hotel Kiston

For Sponsors

International Forest Business Conference is the premier event for networking and expert insight in European forest and wood industry markets.

Our conference offers you the chance to access the leading companies within the field of timberland investments, wood industry and global forest products.

Be sure to reserve a sponsorship package while they are still available. Our conference sponsorships provide an exclusive opportunity to reach your targeted audience in the industry.

Platinum Level Sponsorship is 1000 Euro and includes:

  • 2 registrations
  • Exhibit booth
  • Your logo prominently displayed on the conference website, home page and on all conference sponsorship banners, signs, conference materials and post conference materials
  • One page insert in conference notebook provided by you. Can be front and back.

Gold Level Sponsorship is 700 Euro and includes:

  • 1 registration
  • Exhibit booth
  • Your logo prominently displayed on the conference website, home page and on all conference sponsorship banners, signs, conference materials and post conference materials

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  • Your logo prominently displayed on the conference website, home page and on all conference sponsorship banners, signs, conference materials and post conference materials
Additional Sponsorship Options
  • Coffee Break Sponsorship
  • Tote Bag Sponsorship
  • Paper and Pen Sponsorship
  • Field Trip Sponsorship
  • BBQ Sponsorship

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Early Bird registration (if received by 6th May) – 450 Euro.

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